What are the alternatives to SimpleBackups?

"We've not always used Simplebackups, other options exists, you need to use the right tool for the right job, that's it."
  • 1.
    Using custom backup scripts and cron jobs (very risky)
  • 2.
    Using another cloud backup service (sometimes acceptable)
  • 3.
    Using your cloud provider for server backups/snapshots (inflexible)
  • 4.
    Not backing up your websites and databases at all (very dangerous ☠️)
Why NOT choose custom backup scripts and cron jobs and choose SimpleBackups instead?
The problem with custom scripts is that there are many failure points and a lot of components of the script can go wrong.
For example, if you forget to update your database credentials in your script after you change them or if you don't have enough disk space or if your remote storage API or credentials change for any reason, all of these cases will break your script.
Backups won't be taken and in many cases you won't even be notified unless you have also added backup notifications to your script, which will also need you to maintain the integration of the notification tool or email.
Why NOT choose cloud provider snapshots and choose SimpleBackups instead?
In fact, for this one, we recommend that you actually have both, your own database and file backups in addition to snapshots of your web.
So you have a virtual machine snapshot.
All server providers offer automated backups of your entire server for a fee, but what happens when you delete your server by mistake?
Or if some files were deleted by mistake from your site?
Certainly you are not going to restore your entire server snapshot just to get the files back.
Additionally, server snapshots do not really back up your database (unless it's on the same server, but to restore a database you will need to restore the entire server snapshot on a new instance) and won't allow an individual database restore.
You can only restore snapshots of the entire server, not individual files.
Why NOT choose another cloud backup service and choose SimpleBackups instead?
  • Sometimes they’re ugly and tough to set up (too many forms, buttons and text fields)
  • Store your raw backups on their servers temporarily (SBIO dumps your backups using your own server for tighter security)
  • May install proprietary tools to perform and upload backups, SBIO uses a single open source tool and this is it
  • Do not provide clear information about how your credentials are handled
  • Do not attempt to predict errors before they happen
  • Do not save you time by testing your backups
  • May limit their useful features based on your pricing plan
  • May only store a snapshot of your server and not all individual files and folders
  • Do not provide a lot of storage provider options
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